The idea behind the VOICES Mobile Film Festival is simple: using only a mobile device for filming, shoot a one- to two-minute movie about a woman that inspires you. While editing software and external microphones, lighting and tripods are allowed, even encouraged, the content must come from a non-traditional movie camera.
"Mobile phone cameras are being embraced, and we hope it provides a platform for people to go out and be proactive and tell a story," says Tammy Brislin, the festival's director. Now in its third year, the contest's conclusion will coincide with the Women + Film Voices Film Festival in March 2013. More than a dozen of the shorts that make the cut in this contest will get the chance to be screened at the fest, as well as online for the world to see.
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The film must also use one or both of the taglines "Use your voice for change" and "Our voices can make a difference."
Anyone -- from amateur to expert -- can enter; to aid entrants, a MacSpa Mobile Movie-Making Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. January 9 at the MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop Street, to offer information and encouragement.
In the first year of the Women + Film Voices Festival, the workshop was created as a way to involve watchers in the process.The second year, the contest was created to allow first-time filmmakers to become directly involved with the festival, and that tradition continues this year. "I just think it's a really good way to incorporate people in the community into the festival," say Brislin, who stresses that the contest itself is open to anyone, and last year filmmakers from around the globe participated.
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To enter the VOICES Mobile Film Festival, send an RSVP e-mail to Tammy Brislin at Tammy@denverfilm.org. For more details on the accompanying festival, visit www.denverfilm.org. Deadline for submissions is February 17, 2013.